Posted on: 04 January 2012 by Mark Howells
Gogo has announced the appointment of David Russell as senior vice president and general manager of Europe and the Middle East for commercial aviation.
Formerly vice president of strategic programmes for SITA Group in London and COO of OnAir, David has more than 20 years of management experience at leading aviation IT services and telecommunications companies.David’s objectives will be to grow and manage Gogo’s international business as the company begins to distribute Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite connectivity service and expand Gogo’s wireless in-flight entertainment solution globally. Pursuant to its memorandum of understanding with Inmarsat, Gogo expects to begin in-flight testing of the Global Xpress aeronautical services after the launch of the first Inmarsat-5 satellite, which is scheduled for mid-2013.“David has a proven track record of leadership in our space and we’re excited about having him join our team and lead our efforts in Europe and the Middle East,” stated Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO. “We’ve had many conversations with international air carriers for both our in-flight entertainment solution and connectivity solutions. Now that we’ve announced our partnership with Inmarsat to distribute what we believe is the first global Ka-band connectivity solution for the aero market, we’re excited to be able to leverage David’s expertise to expand those services to the global market.”In addition to Russell, Gogo veteran Niels Steenstrup will become vice president of international operations.
Small added, “Niels has been at the forefront of in-flight connectivity through his experience at Connexion by Boeing and he’s played an instrumental role in getting Gogo’s services up and running. His ties to the international in-flight connectivity and entertainment community make him a perfect fit to join our leadership team overseas.”Gogo’s international operations will be based in London.